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How Do Software Architects Specify and Validate Quality Requirements?

Publikationsart Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Tagungsbeitrag (peer-reviewed)
Publikationsdatum 2014
Projekt Agile Software Assessment
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Tagungsbeitrag (peer-reviewed)

Volume (Issue) 8627
Titel der Proceedings European Conference on Software Architecture (ECSA)
DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-09970-5_32


Software architecture is the result of a design effort aimed at ensuring a certain set of quality attributes. As we show, quality requirements are commonly specified in practice but are rarely validated using automated techniques. In this paper we analyze and classify commonly specified quality requirements after interviewing professionals and running a survey. We report on tools used to validate those requirements and comment on the obstacles encountered by practitioners when performing such activity (e.g., insufficient tool-support; poor understanding of users needs). Finally we discuss opportunities for increasing the adoption of automated tools based on the information we collected during our study (e.g., using a business-readable notation for expressing quality requirements; increasing awareness by monitoring non-functional aspects of a system).